Guest Announcement Digger Mesch

Digger is an American Transmedia Artist/ Director/ Writer/ Producer of Toys, Film and Comics. He is widely known as the Founder of Art Asylum, creator of Minimates Toys, Adam Sandler’s Scuba Steve from Big Daddy, IDW’s The Other Dead, Agent 88 and his role as Bain in Payday 2.

The controversial NYC artist founded the U.S.A. design house Art Asylum in 1996 fighting for artistic credit in an industry where all talent operated in virtual anonymity. He was a creative driving force behind the success of Toybiz, Diamond Select, Toymax, Fun 4 All, Happiness Express and worked extensively with Kaiyodo Toys Japan.

Art Asylum Toys was formed in 2001 where Digger reinvented the collectible toy world with the launch of Minimates that had over 50 waves of licensed collectibles for Marvel Comics alone. Minimates is the only specialty brand created in this era to have amassed 20 years of brand equity and is an obvious influence for both LEGO’S animated universe and ROBLOX. As a pioneer in the toy world, Digger led the youngest company to be awarded the worldwide master rights for “Star Trek” by Viacom.

After years of working creatively with the likes of Marvel Entertainment, Lucas Film, Warner Bros, Paramount Pictures, Revolution Studios, Heavy Metal, Clive Barker, Kevin Eastman, Ozzy Osbourne, KISS, & Eminem to name a few, Art Asylum was sold to Diamond Select Toys and Digger has pursued Omni Media as his life’s work. Digger is currently creating for the NFT Drop sensation ZINU The Immortal Zombie Dog , preparing for his first solo exhibition in Spring 2023 and the subject of a feature length documentary about his life Titled Digger and 
The Art Asylum being written & directed by Ryan Brookhart.

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